Phantom Warrior

Phantom Warrior

The Heroic True Story of Pvt. John McKinney's One-man Stand Against the Japanese in World War II

Book - 2007 | 1st ed
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He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery. But his story has never been told...until now.

This is the story of John McKinney, who, on the morning of May 11, 1945, received the Medal of Honor for his actions against a Japanese surprise attack. That day, McKinney returned fire, using every available weapon-even his fists-standing alone against wave after wave of fanatical Japanese soldiers. At the end, John McKinney was alive- with over one hundred Japanese bodies before him.

This is the story of an extraordinary man whose courage and fortitude in battle saved many American lives, and whose legacy has been sadly forgotten by all but a few. Here, the proud legacy of John McKinney lives on.

Baker & Taylor
A portrait of World War II Congressional Medal of Honor winner John McKinney describes how he single-handedly fought off a Japanese surprise attack, killing more than one hundred enemy combatants and saving many of his fellow soldiers in the process, in an account complemented by rare period photographs.

Blackwell North Amer
John McKinney never intended to become a soldier. The son of a poor Georgia sharecropper, he left school in the third grade and never returned. Instead, he found his place in the wilderness, using his expertise in hunting and fishing to feed his Depression-era family. Then he was drafted to serve his country in World War II.
Assigned to a company bound for the Pacific, McKinney slogged through hard fighting in New Guinea and the Philippines, earning a reputation as an amiable country boy who knew how to survive. But in the predawn hours of May 11, 1945, just as Private McKinney retired from guarding his unit's encampment on Dingalan Bay on the Philippine island of Luzon, hell came calling. An elite strike force of Japanese Imperial troopers attacked, taking the camp by surprise.
McKinney returned fire from his foxhole, standing alone against wave after wave of fanatical Japanese soldiers as grenades and mortars exploded around him. When he ran out of bullets, he swung his rifle as a club. When his rifle broke, he switched to his knife. When his knife dropped, he used his fists. At the end of the bloody, shocking battle, John McKinney stood - his uniform shredded to ribbons, but with only a small head wound. Before him were the bodies of more than one hundred Japanese he had killed singlehandedly.
This is the story of an extraordinary man whose courage and fortitude in battle saved many American lives and earned him the Congressional Medal of Honor, and whose legacy has been sadly forgotten by all but a few.

Baker
& Taylor

A portrait of World War II Congressional Medal of Honor winner John McKinney describes how he single-handedly fought off a Japanese surprise attack, killing more than one hundred enemy combatants and saving many of his fellow soldiers in the process.
This is the story of an extraordinary man. John McKinney was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his bravery, but his story has never been told. The son of a Georgia sharecropper, he learned to hunt and survive in the wilderness while helping to feed his family in the Depression. Then came World War II, and he was sent to the Pacific. Before dawn, May 11, 1945, his unit, camped in the Philippines, was attacked by the Japanese. Alone in his foxhole, McKinney returned fire. Out of bullets, he swung his rifle as a club. Then he switched to his knife, then his fists. At the end of the battle, his uniform cut to ribbons, McKinney was alive--with over one hundred Japanese bodies before him. His courage and fortitude in battle saved many American lives, but his legacy has been sadly forgotten by all but a few.--From publisher description.

Publisher: New York : Berkley Caliber, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780425215661
0425215660
Branch Call Number: B McKinney, J.R. JOH
Characteristics: 340 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm

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SEBoiko
Jan 30, 2013

Men diid extraordinary things, of course, not for medals, but because they were doing their jobs.

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SEBoiko
Jan 30, 2013

It sure seemed bad to die in a place that ain't got no name.

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